Jeff Fischel's ACC Power Poll: Week of Sept. 8, 2014

ACC Football Power Poll

The ACC Power Poll is compiled each week by ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel. Give Jeff your feedback via Twitter (@JeffFischel)!

RANK
SCHOOL (Record)
LAST WEEK
1.

Florida State (2-0) | Last: W 37-12 vs. OSU | Next: BYE
Jeff's Take: A costly win: 3 FSU defensive linemen suffered injuries. And an offensive lineman from The Citadel admitted his unit was going for the knees.

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2.

Virginia Tech (2-0) | Last: W 35-21 vs. Ohio State | Next: 9/13 vs. ECU
Jeff's Take: The win over the Buckeyes was classic Beamer: Attacking defense and a physical running game. Besides, I got my fill of Ohio State tradition reading Goodbye, Columbus years ago.

5
3.

Louisville (2-0) | Last: W 66-21 vs. Murray State | Next: 9/13 @ UVa
Jeff's Take: Will Gardner hasn’t done anything wrong, but oooh boy, Reggie Bonnafon needs to play. By the way, L.J. Scott is just a freshman, too. Have fun, ACC defenses.

1
4.

Clemson (1-1) | Last: W 73-7 vs. SCST | Next: BYE
Jeff's Take: 2 weeks to get ready for Florida State. Well, 3 weeks if you want to count the game vs SC State on Saturday. It’s all fair. FSU has the same scenario: FCS team and a bye week.

1
5.

Duke (2-0) | Last: W 34-17 vs. Troy | Next: 9/13 vs. Kansas
Jeff's Take: No complaints about the win over Troy. Isaac Blakeney is doing an excellent Braxton Deaver impersonation. Kansas-Duke has me thinking about a different sport….

1
6.

Pitt (2-0) | Last: W 30-20 vs. Boston College | Next: 9/13 @ FIU
Jeff's Take: When Chryst arrived, the hope was always that he could build dominant O-Lines the way he did at Wisconsin. It looks like it’s happening. And Conner is the perfect back for it.

2
7.

Miami (1-1) | Last: W 41-13 vs. Florida A&M | Next: 9/13 vs. Arkansas State
Jeff's Take: This Canes season will come down to a true freshman QB’s learning curve. That’s a lot of pressure on Kaaya, but he took some baby steps against FAMU.

2
8.

Virginia (1-1) | Last: W 45-13 vs. Richmond | Next: 9/13 vs. Louisville
Jeff's Take: London still doesn’t really know what he has at QB. That’s a problem when you’re about to face Lorenzo Mauldin & Louisville. For me, it’s the most intriguing matchup of the week.

2
9.

Georgia Tech (2-0) | Last: W 38-21 vs. Tulane | Next: 9/13 vs. Ga. Southern
Jeff's Take: For the second straight week, it was ugly at first and then it was pretty. Jackets, you might want to put 2 solid halves together vs Georgia Southern, because next week you’re in Blacksburg.

2
10.

North Carolina (2-0) | Last: W 31-27 vs. SDSU | Next: BYE
Jeff's Take: I want to like this team, but the Tar Heels needed some 2nd half heroics to beat San Diego State at home. And that’s after some struggles against Liberty, too.

1
11.

NC State (2-0) | Last: W 46-34 vs. ODU | Next: 9/13 @ South Florida
Jeff's Take: 2-0 is 2-0. So there’s that. Jacoby Brissett, Matt Dayes and Shadrach Thornton helped the Pack put up 46 on ODU, and they’re outscoring opponents 49-19 in the 2nd half.

1
12.

Boston College (1-1) | Last: L 30-20 vs. Pitt | Next: 9/5 vs. USC
Jeff's Take: Tyler Murphy ran and threw for 100+ vs Pitt, but didn’t get enough help on offense. The “I’m Glad That Wasn’t Me” moment: Louie Addazio jumped offside & dad was not happy.

2
13.

Syracuse (1-0) | Last: BYE | Next: 9/13 @ Central Michigan
Jeff's Take: It was a bye week, but at least Cameron Lynch came through with another fun edition of #CamsCam. The Chippewas will be a problem.

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14.

Wake Forest (1-1) | Last: W 23-7 vs. Gardner-Webb | Next: 9/13 @ USU
Jeff's Take: After a couple of early mistakes, John Wolford looked very good against Gardner Webb. Winning at Utah State would really be a nice step forward.

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